As a feature enhancement, as a search engine, and as a new ad platform, Facebook beta Graph Search announced on 1/15 has the potential to impact the brand social media landscape in a number of ways. At the conceptual level, Facebook continues to go down a path that deprecates the role of URL, or link level exploration of the Web in favor of the social graph object - this has advantages and disadvantages but it diverges from Google's approach and from the approach of most modern platforms. Whether it's the way forward for the Web as a whole or its own walled ecosystem remains to be seen (by a long shot), but for businesses seeking to keep their social media strategy calibrated for broad success, we believe the smartest course is to anchor most publishing programs in a central, URL-based, owned media hub on the Web while continuing to fully participate on Facebook's constantly evolving playing field.
So that you're as prepared as you can be as it rolls out, our global team has prepared a 15-page briefing outlining our initial perspective and recommendations regarding Facebook's Graph Search. It outlines what this new feature is, where we think it's heading, its impact to the social space, and what we will be watching out for as it develops.